Background

Researchers have suggested that while bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment for morbid obesity, patients still experience difficulties maintaining initial weight loss, the further removed they become from their original surgery date. The purpose of this study was to explore men’s experiences six years or more after weight-loss surgery.

Methods

Utilizing qualitative research, the authors conducted a six-year follow-up investigation to a previous study regarding life after bariatric surgery among male patients. In this study, authors completed 13 semi-structured interviews with male bariatric patients and explored their lived experiences as individuals and as partners within couple relationships.

Results

Authors found three emerging themes which included: 1) Weight loss as a struggle; 2) Fading support and feeling alone; and 3) Perceptions of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Conclusions

Authors discuss clinical implications and recommendations for Marriage and Family Therapists and other allied health professionals who may work with males transitioning beyond the initial phase of the weight-loss surgical process to include continued social support and utilizing a relational perspective for male patients.